- Your Voice
From the back of a packed Oro Valley Town Council chambers, near the doors ordered open by the town fire marshal, one of the many skeptics of the town’s proposal to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador’s country club couldn’t contain his irritation.
Oro Valley residents who oppose the Town Council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities for a town community center have filed an application for a referendum petition, potentially allowing local voters to ultimately decide.
A split Oro Valley Town Council voted to move ahead with negotiations to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a municipal community center Wednesday.
The Oro Valley Town Council will vote tonight (Dec. 17) on whether to purchase the golf and other recreational amenities of the El Conquistador resort, spending $1 million to acquire the property and committing to a half-cent sales tax increase for improvements and its continued operations.
The heading in the Explorer reads, Oro Valley to buy Hilton golf course raise taxes: In her column, the editor questions the reasoning for getting stuck with 45 holes of golf, while Mr. Zinkin and Garner also disagree with the decision. But I have a different objections. If Oro Valley wants more golf, and other facilities, why should I be expected to pay for these Oro Valley facilities, because I make a mistake of shopping in Oro Valley?
After more than a month of speculation, the Oro Valley Town Council finally thought it was time to include those taxpaying citizens in on the secret that they were going to be buying a golf course for $1 million. They stress that it comes with a community center though.
Mayor Hiremath, Council Members Waters, Snider, and Hornat have all just been re-elected to the town council by wide margins. This is the same group that, during their first term, doubled the Utility tax. Now they are proposing to buy the El Conquistador Country Club and raise the Town’s sales tax to pay for it. We all agree that Oro Valley needs a community center, but we do not agree on whether or not we need to rush into making a commitment that not all desire.
Fiscal hawks on the Oro Valley Town Council gave another presentation about the police department’s spending, but without visual aids to show the audience.
On Nov. 19, the Oro Valley Town Council amended two portions of the town’s zoning code. One portion dealt with businesses temporary signs during extended road construction periods and the other gave the town engineer discretion when it came to where a complex can have an access point off Tangerine Road. Both were approved unanimously with a 6-0 vote.
Those anticipating the arrival of the Big Horn Commerce Center in Oro Valley will have to wait a little bit longer.
Residents of four homeowner’s associations are butting heads with Davis Development and Properties, LLC over a proposed neighborhood development in proximity to Canada Del Oro’s Highlands Wash.
At the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum, Mayor Hiremath, said,
Looking to continue being more fiscally responsible, Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin recently got his trip to the 2014 Leadership Summit paid for.
In the last two Oro Valley candidate forums the subject of “civility” has been discussed. And the tenor of the discussion indicates the two challengers were pointing the finger at the incumbents (Hiremath, Hornat, Snider and Waters) as the source of the incivility. I believe Councilman Waters properly addressed the matter by saying that to disagree is not being uncivil. However I must agree that there is a lack of civility on the part of three sitting council members, none of whom are currently running for election.
Mayoral Race: A day before early ballots were mailed out to residents on July 31, the Oro Valley Town Council and Mayoral candidates participated in a debate with topics ranging from budget, policy, collaboration, businesses and the future of the town in front of a little more than 100 people.
Mike Zinkin responds to a topic during an Oro Valley Town Council candidate forum last week.
As has been previously reported in the Explorer, Mike Zinkin has been pursuing legal action against a number of Oro Valley citizens who were involved with the recent recall effort, including myself.
Covering all aspects of how the town operates and on topics where debate has sparked in the past, the candidates for the Oro Valley mayor’s seat and the three available council seats participated in the first public forum on July 9.
At the request of the WLB Group, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to modify the review process for the Kai Naranja Development.
If Alex De La Garza wants to defend Mike Zinkin, that’s his business, but don’t do it on the basis of trivializing sexual harassment, which is certainly not “complimenting ladies on their dress, looks or fragrance” as Garza somehow seems to believe.
Thelma Grimes’ editorial has exposed Mr. Zinkin’s character. His continued litigious retaliation against Oro Valley resident Don Cox further defines the persona of this man and is in sync with all the allegations that were proven to be true.
We moved to Oro Valley in 2005 and since that time I was aware of Mike Zinkin’s public service. We’re not a big community and someone like Mike Zinkin is well known to a lot of us. He has served on voluntary committees and study groups. He probably knows more about the Oro Valley General Plan than anyone else and he has fought to have its provisions honored for the benefit of our community. As a member of the Town Council he has taken hard looks at our budget and the organization of Town government operations. Why wasn’t he recalled? Because so many of us who were asked to sign a recall petition refused to do so. We know who Mike Zinkin really is. Many of us felt he was politically targeted and that some of the charges against him were “politically correct” stretches. Those of us of a certain age considered compliments to ladies on their dress, looks or fragrance as good manners. Now, we’d be brought up on charges of sexual harassment. Mr. Zinkin was put through hell over this recall effort. What is his right to seek redress from what he considers untruthful, libelous or slanderous accusations on his integrity.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Councilman Mike Zinkin filing a lawsuit against Don Cox and those Oro Valley residents trying to recall him, I thought it was a rumor. After all, it seemed a little ridiculous.
In any important engineering project, which Steam Pump Ranch really is, there are several important steps: